In keeping with the conviction that purely translators who write poetry themselves can thoroughly re-create the prestigious and undying tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the Greek Tragedy in New Translations sequence deals new translations that transcend the literal that means of the Greek so that it will evoke the poetry of the originals.
Aeschylus' Oresteia, the single historical tragic trilogy to outlive, is without doubt one of the nice foundational texts of Western tradition. It starts with Agamemnon, which describes Agamemnon's go back from the Trojan warfare and his homicide by the hands of his spouse Clytemnestra, maintains together with her homicide by way of their son Orestes in Libation Bearers, and concludes with Orestes' acquittal at a courtroom based through Athena in Eumenides. The trilogy hence lines the evolution of justice in human society from blood vengeance to the rule of thumb of legislation, Aeschylus' contribution to a Greek legend steeped in homicide, adultery, human sacrifice, cannibalism, and unending intrigue. This new translation is trustworthy to the strangeness of the unique Greek and to its enduring human fact, expressed in language amazing for poetic depth, wealthy metaphorical texture, and a verbal density that modulates now and then into strong simplicity. The translation's particular yet advanced rhythms honor the song of the Greek, bringing into unforgettable English the Aeschylean imaginative and prescient of an international fraught with religious and political tensions.
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